Telluride Academy: Hosting 2nd Annual Snowshoe Scramble, 3/16

Telluride Academy: Hosting 2nd Annual Snowshoe Scramble, 3/16

Adults (18+) and kids (ages 10-17) are all invited to attend Telluride Academy’s 2nd Annual Sunset Scramble, a snowshoe FUN RUN up the ski hill on Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m. sharp. To view a complete schedule of events for this year’s Snowshoe Scramble, as well as for summer and after-school programs, visit the Telluride Academy’s website here.


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The Telluride Academy’s Snowshoe Scramble is an evening adventure to benefit the Academy’s tuition assistance fund. The event takes place Thursday, March 16. The horn will blow at 6pm sharp at the base of Lift 4 (The Beach).

The Telluride Academy is awarding summer camps, restaurant gift certificates, and spa services, fitness memberships, and more, to the fastest three male, female, and teens. There are even prizes for the Best Costume. Racers also have a chance to win 15+ amazing raffle prizes too.

Racers are encouraged to dress up in their finest tutus, boas, and wigs. Everyone will run or hike with snowshoes or yak-traks up the Village By-Pass to Lower Pick-N-Gad ski run, then top out to the finish at Station San Sophia/Top of Gondola. Racers will then gondola back down to the Telluride Ski & Golf Member’s Lounge in the Mountain Village Core for a post-event party that includes a complimentary black bean sauté dinner and drinks, followed by an awards ceremony.

“The race was short, but really tough. I don’t necessarily think you need to be a runner to win, but it helps. I wore snowshoes, but I noticed a few others preferred to race in yak-traks. I am definitely going to race again this year to try and win another free week of Academy Summer Camps for my son. Additionally, the after-party was a super fun local’s event. Good friends, dinner, and beer. We definitely got our money’s worth,” said last year’s winner in the fastest male category, Chris Howe.

Telluride Academy’s executive director, Elaine Demas, is the master-mind behind the event.

Elaine has always wanted to hold an annual on-snow event to celebrate our winter wonderland, while raising money for local families in need so they can attend Academy programs.

“We are very grateful to Telluride Ski Resort, TMVOA, and the Town of Mountain Village, Wilkinson Public Library, Paragon-BootDoctors and The Colorado Trust for sponsoring this event, as well as over 50 local merchants for donating gifts and door prizes. We hope this event becomes a longstanding Telluride tradition,” said Elaine.

This summer, Telluride Academy enters its 37th year of enriching youth adventures. This popular experiential, education-based non-profit offers over 130 enriching summer and after-school programs for local and visiting children, ages 5-18. From single-day drop-in programs to two-week long adventures based in outdoor education and environmental stewardship, science and arts, and one-month-long theater intensives, there is something for everyone. If you and your family have not made summer plans for your children yet, then visit the Academy’s website to learn more about their programs. Sign-up while space is available.

In addition to hundreds of private donors, the Telluride Academy is supported by Alpine Bank, The Telluride Foundation, Just For Kids, Town of Telluride:Council for Arts and Special Events,, Hotel Madeline, Accommodations in Telluride, Latitude 38, Telluride Properties and the Anschutz Family Foundation.

Through the generous support of many, the Telluride Academy is able to award hundreds of need-based scholarships to local children, as well as provide support to children with disabilities, providing every child with the opportunity for an incredible experience.

At Telluride Academy all are welcome; all who want to participate can –  and belong.

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